DES MOINES, Iowa–Iowa Congressman David Young, a Van Meter Republican seeking his third term in the Third District, seldom mentioned his Democratic opponent at a campaign rally Friday afternoon. Instead, he repeatedly mentioned one of his party’s biggest foils, former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
Young, who is locked in what looks to be the toughest election battle of his career with Democrat Cindy Axne, a West Des Moines businesswoman, repeatedly tried to make the case that Axne is Pelosi’s “hand-picked” candidate. And he warned that if Democrats regain the majority in the U.S. House, Pelosi as speaker will push for higher taxes and regulations on businesses and will impede economic growth ignited under the Republican majority.
Vice President Mike Pence headlined the rally to push for Young and Governor Kim Reynolds’ re-election efforts.
In a statement, Axne responded to Young’s campaign event:
“If David Young hadn’t voted with his party on the disastrous health care bill and a massive tax giveaway to the wealthiest Americans and large corporations, I don’t think Vice President Pence would be here in Iowa today. Over the past four years, David Young has proven to be a reliable vote for Republican leadership, even voting with his party on a bill that would have stripped away health care from over 150,000 Iowans,” said Cindy Axne.